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Following anonymous threat, USDA offices begin to reopen

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 10:47:44-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Federal officials have thoroughly vetted anonymous threats to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that forced five federal campuses, including one in Fort Collins to close. 

Offices in five states, including Colorado, closed on Tuesday after receiving the anonymous threats. The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it participated in the investigation, with authorities sweeping the premises and installing security measures. 

"We have determined that the situation now allows us to begin reopening most of our facilities with enhanced security," Matt Herrick, USDA director of communications, said. 

Some offices will receive additional security upgrades and will open later; four will open on-time; one will have a delayed open; two offices will remain closed on Wednesday.

All USDA offices in Fort Collins will be open, including the ARS Plains Area Office. The Forest Service Office in Fort Collins, however, will open at 12 p.m. 

Offices in Connecticut and West Virginia will remain closed as the threat is evaluated and security upgrades are implemented. 

Authorities still have not detailed what the threat entailed, but officers responded on Tuesday with bomb-sniffing dogs to offices around the country 

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